So Worried about Being Judged

So worried about being judged 😦

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

There’s something raw about blogging and social media.  These technological advances make it possible for us to connect our private thoughts to a unbound forum, and it can make one feel vulnerable.  I know I feel vulnerable when I share my thoughts, and I’m always relieved and flattered when people find them acceptable and consensus-building takes place.

Yet, why do I care if others find my thoughts acceptable?  Why is acceptance the standard by which I judge myself?  Shouldn’t I be confident in my own beliefs, attitudes, and values, enough so that if I share them and somebody disagrees (or worse, disapproves) that it won’t crush me, cause guilt, or put me on the defensive?

And yet, that is how I respond (privately) over and over again, to the act of releasing my thoughts into cyberspace.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons by Joe DeShon Photo from Wikimedia Commons by Joe DeShon

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